Turner, Echo cook dish

Terms of new deal not yet known

NEW YORK — Turner Broadcasting reached an 11th hour agreement with Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar Communications that will keep the company’s seven basic cable nets on the Dish satellite network, which reaches 9.4 million homes.

“We have an agreement in principle and we’re still working out the details,” an EchoStar spokesman said Thursday.

Turner’s carriage agreement with EchoStar expired last December but the two sides were operating under an extension that was due to expire Friday night at midnight.

New deal, terms of which are not yet known, will include carriage of Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Boomerang, CNN, Headline News, CNNfn and regional net Turner South.

Deal is expected to be signed today.

Satcaster earlier this year took Viacom to the brink in a similar carriage dispute, resulting in a 48-hour blackout of key MTV Networks channels and regional CBS TV stations.

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